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Mahindra XUV500 Gets A New Base Variant


The new W3 variant brings the entry price point of the XUV lower than its arch rival, the Harrier

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  • The new base variant is priced at Rs 12.23 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai).
  • Rs 58,000 more affordable than XUV500’s previous base variant, the W5.
  • Misses out on LED DRLs, fog lamps chrome inserts and more.
  • On the inside, it misses out on an infotainment system.
  • Powered by a sole diesel engine option only.

The Mahindra XUV500 has become more affordable than before thanks to the addition of a new entry-level variant called the W3. The new variant has allowed the homegrown car manufacturer to price the XUV500 at Rs 12.23 lakh, making it Rs 58,000 more affordable than the previous base-spec version, the XUV500 W5. Available with just a sole diesel engine option, the XUV500 W3 is a barebones version of the popular SUV. But before we take a look at the misses, here’s what each variant of the XUV500 costs.

Model

Price (ex-showroom Mumbai)

Mahindra XUV500 W3

Rs 12.23 lakh

Mahindra XUV500 W5

Rs 12.81 lakh

Mahindra XUV500 W7

Rs 14.08 lakh

Mahindra XUV500 W7 AT

Rs 15.29 lakh

Mahindra XUV500 W9

Rs 15.79 lakh

Mahindra XUV500 W9 AT

Rs 17.00 lakh

Mahindra XUV500 W11

Rs 17.06 lakh

Mahindra XUV500 W11 Option

Rs 17.31 lakh

Mahindra XUV500 W11 AT

Rs 18.27 lakh

Mahindra XUV500 W11 Option AT

Rs 18.52 lakh

Mahindra XUV500 W11 Option AWD

Rs 18.42 lakh

Mahindra XUV500 W11 Option AWD AT

Rs 19.63 lakh

Mahindra XUV500 Petrol G AT

Rs 16.00 lakh

Coming to the misses, you’ll notice that the base W3 variant doesn’t feature LED daytime running lamps or fog lamps. The chrome surround and inserts on the grille have been replaced by faux silver inserts. At the side, the W3 loses out on blacked out pillars and employs 17-inch steel wheels. Also the black cladding on the door pillars have been ditched as well. At the rear, apart from the deletion of the chrome surround around the number plate and rear wash wipe, there is nothing much different here.

Open the door and you’ll notice that the dual-tone interior has made way for an all-black theme with fabric seat upholstery. It also loses the premium soft touch material on the dashboard. Another major miss on the inside is the lack of an infotainment system as well which is present from the W5 variant onwards. In its place is a huge slab of plastic and a dummy volume knob which looks quite ungainly. However, this might mean that the company could offer the standard infotainment as an official accessory.

Thankfully, the XUV500’s W3 variant retains features such as the projector headlamps, remote entry and exit, manual AC with rear air-con vents, power windows all around and electrically adjustable mirrors. Safety features on the W3 variant include dual airbags, ABS with EBD and disc brakes on all four wheels.

Powering the W3 XUV500 is a sole 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine option with micro-hybrid technology. The 2.2-litre m-Hawk produces 155PS and 360Nm of torque. The new variant only gets a 6-speed manual. It must be mentioned that the 2.2-litre m-Hawk engine is expected to make way for an all new 2.0-litre diesel engine when the BS6 norms kick in next year.

The addition of the new W3 variant makes the entry level XUV500 more affordable than its arch rival, the Tata Harrier, which is priced at Rs 12.70 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai). Mahindra aims to lure some potential customers away from the Harrier with a lower entry point, albeit with barebones features. It must also be mentioned that the XUV500 will take on the MG Hector, which will be unveiled on May 15. The Hector will be the first mid-size connected SUV to hit our roads and has already created quite a buzz for itself.

 

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